Education goes beyond what is imparted through textbooks within the four walls of a classroom and refers to one’s meaningful engagement with the world.
Kamala Nehru College organizes its first ever Kamala Nehru College Youth Conclave 2019 on 12th March on the theme of ‘Education: Explorations, Reflections, and Challenges Today.’
Kamala Nehru College Youth Conclave 2019 will bring together influential speakers from different walks of life, like academia, journalism, social activism and theatre, who will speak on the idea of Education. The event is a potpourri that features talks, panel discussion, chat show and Stand-up comedy performance as it intends to involve the youth in a meaningful interaction with the theme of education. The objective of the conclave is to explore multiple perspectives and approaches to education in India, with particular emphasis on challenges of higher education in India, unconventional ideas of education, policy implications, education and accessibility, innovative pedagogies, education for change.
The programme will begin with ‘Education pe Charcha’ where esteemed panelists, Dr. Avijit Pathak (CSSS, JNU) and Prof. Poonam Batra (CIE, DU) will be in conversation with Dr. Anjana Srivastava (KNC). Dr. Avijit Pathak is Professor at the Centre for the study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has been working in the field of education for the past 23 years, specializing in Sociology of Education, Sociology of Modernization and Social Theory. His research work throws light on the stimulating debate in the Sociology of education and explores the trajectory of alternative education. Prof.Poonam Batra is Professor of Education at the Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi, India with over 35 years of teaching, research and professional experience in education. She has been on several Government of India Committees and statutory bodies including the XI Plan, NCTE Council and the Supreme Court of India constituted Justice Verma Commission (JVC) on Teacher Education. Her recent research includes examining the relationship between poverty and quality education as constructed in an era of market-based reforms and its impact on the education of the poor.
The next session, ‘Koffee at KNC’ promises to reincarnate the popular chat show format, where ‘youth-influencers’ and KNC alumni Shilpi Marwaha (Founder, Sukhmanch Theatre) and Medhavi Gandhi (Founder, Happy Hands Foundation & TheHeritageLab.in) will open up to the young audience about their personal learning journeys. This segment will feature a fun ‘Rapid Fire’ and questions from the audience. Shilpi Marwaha is a renowned name in Indian Theatre Circuit and beyond; KNC Alumnus. One of her great contributions has been reviving the street play form. She is the recipient of awards from Delhi Commission for Woman, AAS award, the first recipient of Sarla Birla Award for contribution to women’s issues through her theatre. She has conducted workshops all over the country in various leading institutions like IIT DELHI, IT-BHU, IIM’s, Australian High Commission Delhi University, Shoolini University, Katha (NGO), Sainik School Nagrota. Shilpi has also penned down four stories namely, “Apratyaksh”, a love story of a Eunuch, “Kaash”, an intercaste love saga, “Purity” on the slut-shaming tendencies of the society and “Rangmanch”, elucidating the struggles involved in the life of an aspiring actor trying to fulfill his dream. KNC alumna, Medhavi is Founder of Happy Hands Foundation & TheHeritageLab.in. She works towards cultural preservation and revival and runs projects in 14 states of India. She has been awarded the Indira Award for Social Innovation and been widely covered by national media.
‘Masti Ki Paathshaala,’ the third session of the Kamla Nehru College Youth Conclave will feature Theatre-in-education specialist, Walter Peter who has been working in this field for the last 24years. A CRY fellow and ex-TIE Company Member of National School of Drama, Walter has been working extensively with and for Children, Teachers, Youth and Staff as a Facilitator, Actor, Writer, Director, and Designer. His primary tool of work is THEATRE-IN-EDUCATION.
To bring an interlude of laughter and humor, the upcoming Delhi-based Stand-up Comic artist Rajat Chauhan will perform his special act related to the theme.
The concluding session of the Kamala Nehru College Youth Conclave 2019 will present the mesmerizing Ravish Kumar who will share his incisive and frank views on the condition of education today. Ravish is the famous Indian TV anchor, writer, journalist, and media personality who covers topics about Indian politics and society. He is a senior executive editor at NDTV India, the Hindi news channel of the NDTV news network, and hosts a number of programs including the channel’s flagship weekday show Prime Time, Hum Log and Ravish Ki Report. He has received numerous awards for his fearless journalism and writing, including the prestigious Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for Hindi Journalism and Creative Literature for 2010 from the President of India in 2014. He was included in the list of 100 most influential Indians 2016 by The Indian Express.
Kamala Nehru College Youth Conclave 2019, organized by the B.A. Programme students of Kamala Nehru College, promises to be a significant contribution to the current debates and hopes to make the youth an active participant in the discussions on the most crucial issue of education especially in the election year. This Youth Conclave wants to promote a culture where the youth are a catalyst of change.